Alterna Volume Travel Trio

If there’s one thing I can’t pass up, it’s a good beauty deal. And if it comes with cute travel sizes and a free little bag, I am game.

This is exactly why I absolutely needed to get my hands on the Alterna Volume Travel Trio. It comes with the Shampoo and Conditioner from the Caviar Anti-Aging Bodybuilding Volume range and a trial size of the Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist, which is a product I had wanted to try for ages.


While the shampoo and conditioner went straight into my travel beauty stash, I used the Volume Mist the very next time I washed my hair.

Since my hair is very fine and limp, I do love a good volumizing spray and this Alterna version has definitely come out on top of the list. Lately, my hair has been very soft and slippery, which, while speaking for good hair health, makes it impossible to style as it slips out of hairbands, clips, you name it.

What this spray provided besides a good amount of volume is a certain amount of hold and grip that I so appreciate when styling my hair.While it still feels soft, it keeps its shape and volume for a good while longer now and looks a bit fuller.

The verdict? As soon as this dinky trial size runs out, I am going to pick up a full size of the Volume Mist, especially since my Oribe Maximista is on its last leg as well. This spray might not be cheap, but it is much easier to come by and provides amazing results immediately.


Bookshelf #13: A Book Lovers’ Dream


Guys, I am excited for lots of literary newness!

Today, I am spending the day at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the biggest literature and publishing fair in the world. I am so ready to be inspired and introduced to lots of new works from authors all over the world.

I will let you know about anything that stood out to me and that I am excited to read in the next Bookshelf.

See you soon!


Recently #21

Summer has been shaping up pretty good around here. While the weather is more temperamental than ever, wavering between intense heat and almost autumnal days, it has been a really fun month.

Before finishing up the semester and trying to get myself into writing mode again, I took a little semi-professional trip to beautiful Vienna. What a city! We didn’t have enough time to complete the full-fledged touristy program, but what I managed to see¬†was beyond gorgeous.


Besides that, it’s been a month of work and celebrations with lots of birthdays and little occasions strewn throughout.

I’m looking forward to getting a little more desk time in in August (though I might have to relocate my office to the outside to enjoy the last bouts of summer) and dare I even say it, I am already looking forward to fall.

Recently #18

The past few weeks have revolved around three things for me. Firstly, I have been trying to fit in as much work as possible, with a few important deadlines looming in the near future.

Tying into that, my time in Canada is coming to a close very soon. It’s a mere three weeks before I pack my backs and make my way back home. I am kind of shocked that it has come so quickly, but above all, I am excited to see my family and friends again in person. Skype, texts, and Facetime have been a great substitute, but really, there’s nothing better than a hug and a good catch up session over a glass of wine.

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Finally, and probably most excitingly, I have been to San Francisco in the beginning of March and while the weather couldn’t have been worse (storm warnings and torrential downpours instead of perennial California sunshine), I had a wonderful time.

Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge shrouded in fog made for some pretty unique and moody pictures. Also, I officially made my first YouTuber encounter when I visited Chelsea in her shop Anomie. She is every bit as lovely as in her videos and the store is gorgeous and wonderfully curated, so if you ever find yourself in San Francisco, make sure to take the time and check it out.